Spectral Ascension

Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-106), launched September 8, 2000 from pad 39B, had just the right combination of atmospheric conditions and angle of the sunlight to make shock rings visible as sun-dogs (rainbow-like refracted light) and shock wave condensation collars. The primary effect was created by the Orbiter forward fuselage and secondary effects by the SRB forward skirt, Orbiter vertical stabilizer and wing trailing edges. During its 11-day mission to the International Space Station, the Atlantis crew completed all assigned mission objectives in preparation for the first station crew scheduled to launch in October.

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Earl Billick

Earl Billick is a native and resident of Tucson, Arizona (considered by many to be the astronomy capitol of the U.S.) An Artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artist and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. His lifelong passion for aerospace, science and astronomy, along with his interest in the speculative and fantastic, are evident in many of his creations and designs. Earl works in many mediums including acrylic and oil painting, inks, graphite, digital media and sculpture. Earl’s artistic inspirations include Chesley Bonestell, Kim Poor, N.C. Wyeth, Robert McCall, Syd Mead, Chris Foss, Peter Elson, Alicia Austin, Liz Danforth, Charles Vess, and Vincent DiFate.

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